The Saints have beaten Sale just once in their last eight encounters: 38-3 at Franklin’s Gardens in this equivalent fixture last season.
Northampton Saints have been defeated just once in their last 38 matches at Franklin’s Gardens in all competitions since March 2007: 13-19 to Newcastle in the Guinness Premiership on 28 February 2009.
Sale Sharks ended a five game winless run with their 27-26 victory over Cardiff Blues in the European Cup at Edgeley Park on Friday night. The Sharks have won just one of their last dozen away fixtures: 37-20 at Worcester in the Guinness Premiership on 31 January.
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon, IRFU (1st Premiership game)